La Duqusa de Benameji is set in Spain's Sierra Morena mountain regions during the 19th century. The plot is strictly from the bodice-ripping school of fiction, with the titular duchess being captured and then captivated by a dashing robber captain. For reasons that probably made more sense to Spanish filmgoers than to American fans, leading lady Amparito Rivelles plays a dual role, as both the duchess and a fiery gypsy girl. The bandit is essayed by Jorge Mistral, one of Spain's leading matinee idols. Based on a true story, La Duquesa de Benameji is beautifully photographed on location (this is one film that must be seen in its original form, rather than the washed-out prints made available to TV).
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